With spring break behind them, area school districts are in the home stretch toward spring activities and graduations.
However, winter weather that forced several cancellations earlier this semester may make the final months of the school year feel longer - especially for districts that will be making up days toward the end of the year.
USD 247 Southeast had several days built into its calendar that could be used as makeup days, according to superintendent Glenn Fortmayer.
"We are operating on normal calendar right now, having made up two days already," he said, adding that because some of the days already have been made up the district still has the ability to absorb additional days lost to weather.
"We still have to wait and see as storm power outages can cause us issues, as well as late snow/ice," Fortmayer said.
Make-up days are still ahead for USD 246-Northeast, where superintendent Greg Gorman said students will attend classes on days that originally were scheduled to be days off.
"We will be attending on April 21st and May 5th, which were originally days off, however, they were built in the calendar for the purpose of snow days," Gorman said. "At this time we will not have to extend the school year."
USD 249 Frontenac did choose to extend the school year, but only by one day.
"Instead of getting out on May 21 our last day will be the 22nd," said superintendent Rick Simoncic.
Earlier in the semester, USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown told his board of education that the district still was several days away from needing to make up days, and despite a couple additional days out since that time the district still will not need to make any changes due to weather closures.
It’s a similar situation in USD 248 Girard.
"We missed a total of six school days this year due to weather," said superintendent Blaise Bauer. "As of today, we are not planning to make these days up in the current school year calendar. Obviously, our district has built in several extra days of academic instruction that will ensure that we meet our state required student contact days."